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Public Corruption in Chester County, PA

I believe an unlikely mix of alleged drug trafficking related politicos and alleged white nationalist related politicos united to elect the infamous “Bloc of Four” in the abysmal voter turnout election of 2005. During their four year term the drug business was good again and white nationalists used Coatesville as an example on white supremacist websites like “Stormfront”. Strong community organization and support from law enforcement, in particular Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll has begun to turn our community around. The Chester County drug trafficking that I believe centers on Coatesville continues and I believe we still have public officials in place that profit from the drug sales. But the people here are amazing and continue to work against the odds to make Coatesville a good place to live.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Urban Farming Movement Detroit, Philadelphia and maybe Coatesville too?

Watch the full episode. See more Need To Know.
“A garden that grows community”
We already have at least one small urban garden in Coatesville. 

This is just a suggestion with out any meat to it but what if we took some abandoned properties. That is the properties where the buildings need to be torn down and made them into small garden plots?

The Recovery Park project in Detroit is on too grand a scale for Coatesville. There isn’t enough space for it.

Philadelphia has a full blown urban gardens movement:

“The Neighborhood Gardens Association / A Philadelphia Land Trust (NGA) is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is the continuity and long-term preservation of community-managed gardens and green spaces in Philadelphia neighborhoods.”
More at:The Neighborhood Gardens Association

Cities did in the past have farming areas. Since 1854 the far Northeast section of Philadelphia was part of the City of Philadelphia. It was a rural farm area until the post war baby boom Bauhaus style grid homes were built on those former farms. I worked with a man who grew up on one of those Northeast Philly farms. 
And there are plans to revive farming in the far Northeast Philadelphia: 

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